The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said that it is hunting several locations in Delhi, Uttarakhand's Dehradun and Haridwar, and Haryana's Hisar in connection with the fake COVID-19 testing scam during the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar earlier this year.
An ED official said that the financial probe agency is carrying out searches at the office premises of Novus Path Labs, DNA Labs, Max Corporate Services, Dr Lal Chandani Labs Pvt Ltd, and Nalwa Laboratories Pvt Ltd and residential premises of their Directors at Dehradun, Haridwar, Delhi, Noida, and Hisar in connection with the case.
It had registered a case of money laundering on the basis of the FIR registered by Uttarakhand Police.
The official said that during probe, it was found that these labs were given the contract by the Uttarakhand government for conducting Rapid Antigen Test/RT-PCR test for COVID-19 testing during the Kumbh Mela 2021, but they hardly carried out any test and just made fake entries and raised bogus bills for illegal financial gains.
The official said that an amount of Rs 3.4 crore has already been received by them from the Uttarakhand government as part payment.
The searches are still in progress.